Categories: General Date: May 8, 2018 Title: National Week for Life and the Family
The week of May 13-20, 2018 is being observed as the sixth National Week for Life and the Family. The theme of this year’s Week is “Love: Encountering the Other”. In his Message for this National Week, Bishop Lionel Gendron, President of the Canadian conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) invites us to "allow ourselves to be empowered by Christ and moved by his Spirit; then—beginning with the members of our own families—let us encounter each other with love! "
This National Week is part of an ongoing pastoral initiative on the part of the CCCB to promote family and life. As is stated in the document outlining the rationale and the components of this initiative,
Seen through Christian eyes, the family is "the domestic Church" (ecclesia domestica). The Christian family, like the Church as a whole, should be a place where the truth of the Gospel is the rule of life and the gift which the family members bring to the wider community. The family is not simply the object of the Church's pastoral care; it is also one of the Church's most effective agents of evangelization. Christian families are today called to witness to the Gospel in difficult times and circumstances, when the family itself is threatened by an array of forces.
The family is the leaven of transformation for a world desperately in need of the Good News. It is also the key to the New Evangelization. More than ever, Christian families need to be encouraged and sustained as they strive to live and proclaim the Gospel.
In his Message for the National Week for Life and the Family, the President of the CCCB, Lionel Gendron, Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, says the following:
With my brother Bishops, it is my prayer that during this year’s Week for Life and the Family, you and your family will draw inspiration from Our Lady, Spouse and Temple of the Holy Spirit, who in her humble “yes” to the Father’s will, brought forth Christ—the Saviour of the world.
Click here to read Bishop Gendron’s letter in its entirety.